notorious for being the happiest people alive. With
the venue only about half full, their sound was lost in the massive
hall, echoing into the ceiling and the wings. They had the same set up
as their last show, with big screens displaying projections of their name, along with
video footage and their new album cover. The duo looked sweetly
uncomfortable playing in such a giant, historic venue like the
Fillmore, especially while playing for a crowd unfamiliar with their music.
They were very gracious and thankful that people arrived early enough
to actually watch their set, though, and they brought their reliably incredible energy to the performance.
Cut Copy was another story.
The Melbourne, Australia natives subscribe to the New Wave-y, dance
party shtick, but they actually play instruments. That might be one of
their pitfalls. Hearing a Cut Copy record summons recollections of
all the other hipster electropopsters on the scene -- Justice, Hot Chip, Daft Punk. But live, Cut Copy doesn't live up to its peers because the group sounds exactly like it does record. Why don't the members save themselves the trouble
of actually touring and just hire a DJ to spin their songs? It would sound
the same either way.
Last night's show was completely sold out, a testament to Cut Copy's following. But as mentioned, the band's live experience could
be replicated without the members actually being present. They lack in stage
personality, and their ridiculous light show made the venue look like a 1985 roller rink. At one point during the concert they had
technical difficulties with the drum machine and their real live
drummer couldn't keep the show going. Nor could did they redeem
themselves with banter. Put simply, Cut Copy had zero charisma.
After seeing Cut Copy life, the
hype behind this band makes no sense. They're praised as an innovative
electropop band, but we've heard it all before. The group is less flamboyant Culture Club, less
attractive than Duran Duran, painfully less talented than Depeche Mode. It's not
"inspired by," it's a poor duplicate of the past.
Does Cut Copy refer to cutting
out parts of other good acts and copying them completely--minus any personality?
Apparently dance music fans are no longer required to wear American
Apparel! Very different from six months ago. The new
uniform is plaid.